An IMHA is a specialist advocate who provides a statutory service to qualifying patients under the Mental Health Act 1983. IMHAs provide an additional safeguard for those under the Act and are independent of the professionals involved in the care and treatment of the patients they are supporting. An IMHA can help qualifying patients to understand their rights under the Act and ensure that they participate in decisions being made about them.
Service users detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) including:
Informal patients if:
An IMHA will support an individual to raise their wishes and concerns, and to exercise their rights under the Mental Health Act (1983).
An IMHA will help you to understand:
An IMHA can:
Our specially trained IMHAs combine academic excellence with applied practice enabling them to work with service users from all backgrounds and of varying needs, to promote equality, social justice and social inclusion, and support service users to feel empowered.
At Advent Advocacy, we pride ourselves on our highly flexible approach, which is tailor-made for our service users and providers. Our non-adversarial approach supports service users to accomplish the best outcomes. We can also work to support effective therapeutic relationships between service users and service providers.
Our independent and confidential service can be accessed by clients on a regular basis because our IMHAs actively spend time on the wards. Our service model allows for regular, routine set visiting times. This unique style of working enables us to maintain relationships with our clients and the professionals providing their care.
For more info about our IMHA service please contact us